Best Grad Schools in Maine 2022

Best Grad Schools in Maine 2022

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in Maine offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Colleges and Universities in Maine

At $9,970, Maine is right on target with the national average, making the state an affordable choice for those looking to receive an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. The 16 public colleges and universities range in tuition from $4,000 to $14,000. The 10 private schools tend to cost more, ranging from $27,000 to $55,000, though the class sizes are often much smaller. The largest private university is the University of New England, with just under 6,000 students, and a tuition of $38,000.

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The University of Maine (UMaine), with just under 10,000 students, is the largest public school, with a tuition rate of $11,000. Based in Orono, the public research university offers degrees in fields like literature, earth sciences, and physics. Stephen King and Bernard Lown are among the influential alumni who attended this school. The cost for higher education in Maine varies, but the state offers loan forgiveness programs for many professions, including dentists, lawyers, educators, health professionals, and veterinarians. The Alfond Leaders program forgives up to $60,000 for residents working in eligible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupations.

The northernmost state in New England, Maine is known for its fishing, quaint coastal towns, and of course, lobster. Maine is also home to over 60 lighthouses. Students looking to earn their degree while living in a state that has both ocean beaches and lush forests can choose from 26 private and public higher education institutions.

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What are Maine’s Colleges & Universities?

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There are 3 doctorate-granting graduate schools in Maine. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the Maine is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in Maine 2022

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    University of Maine’s Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    Degree Concentrations
    • Healthcare Systems
    • Human Nutrition
    • Accounting
    • Business Analytics
    • Finance
    • Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Nursing
    Degree Concentrations
    • Individualized Program
    • Nurse Educator
    • Required Credits: 35-38
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSW in Social Work
    • Required Credits: 46-63
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Curriculum, Assessment And Instruction
    Degree Concentrations
    • Elementary And Secondary Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Interdisciplinary Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Maine Studies
    • Peace And Reconciliation Studies
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    PSM in Engineering And Business
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Food Science And Human Nutrition
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Data Science And Engineering
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Degree Concentrations
    • Accounting
    • Business Analytics
    • Finance
    • Healthcare Systems
    • Human Nutrition
    • Outdoor Industry Management
    • Public and Nonprofit Management
    • Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Data Science and Engineering
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in 4+1 Special Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Instructional Technology
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MAT in Secondary Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education
    Degree Concentrations
    • High Incidence Disabilities
    • Low Incidence Disabilities
    • Dual Concentration in High and Low Incidence Disabilities
    • Early Intervention
    • Individualized Program
    • Required Credits: 33-45
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Interdisciplinary Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Peace and Reconciliation Studies
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSW in Social Work
    • Required Credits: 46-63
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Food Science and Human Nutrition
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    PSM in Bioinformatics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Spatial Informatics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/22

    University of Southern Maine’s Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Nursing (RN-to-MSN)
    Degree Concentrations
    • Nursing Administration and Leadership
    • Nursing Education
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSEd in Teacher Leadership
    Degree Concentrations
    • Curriculum
    • Instruction
    • and Assessment
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Instructional Technology
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Adult and Higher Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Educational Psychology
    Degree Concentrations
    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Special Education
    Degree Concentrations
    • In-Service
    • Pre-Service (Teaching Students With Mild to Moderate Disabilities)
    • Integrated General Education and Special Education Initial Teacher Certification
    • Effective Instruction and Assessment for Students with Suspected and Identified Disabilities
    • Required Credits: 51
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Leadership Studies
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/24

    University of New England ’s Online Degrees

    MSEd in Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSED-RS in Education
    Degree Concentrations
    • Reading Specialist
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSW in Social Work
    • Required Credits: 64
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSAN in Applied Nutrition
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MPH in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 46
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MHA in Healthcare Administration
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Maine
  2. University of New England
  3. University of Southern Maine